I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Ca’ del Baio is one of the names you need to know in the Langhe region. The history of the Grasso family in Treiso goes way back to 1870. By 1921, the family began to plant vines and produce small quantities of wine. The current head of the Grasso family, Giulio, was born in 1959 and eventually took over from his father, Ernesto. He is still actively involved along with his wife, Luciana, and their three dynamic daughters, Paola, Valentina, and Federica.
Though mostly know for their red wines commonly found in Piedmont (Barbaresco, Barbera, and Dolcetto), the family’s passion for Riesling is reflected in this wine, produced for the first time in Ca’ del Baio’s history. Grown on their coolest, breeziest slopes near the village of Treiso, the grapes convey the noblest qualities of the terroir of the Langhe. It’s 100% Riesling, grown in calcareous soil, with northern exposure. Grapes are gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel at a temperature of around 60°F. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation and matures in the tank with stirring sur lie for 12 months prior to bottling. In the glass, the wine offers lovely aromas of mango, peach, and confit lemon. Flavors follow suit, accompanied by fresh, vibrant acidity and a hint of salinity. You can enjoy as an aperitif, yet Riesling is one of the most versatile food wines in the world. Try it with something with spice, perhaps a Thai green curry dish.
Riesling fans, take note, Piedmont is a place worthy of your attention. Don’t miss this great example from Ca’ del Baio!
Ca' del Baio
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